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Empty state components for Shiny.

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Empty states are situations where there is no data to display to the user. A good example is an empty shopping cart on an e-commerce site.

In the context of dashboards you can encounter empty states when:

  1. Before displaying any charts a user needs to upload a file containing the required data
  2. Users apply different filters to a dataset and there is no row matching the configured filters

The goal of this package is to make it easy to handle empty states in your shiny applications.

How to install?


How to use it?

To start using shiny.emptystate, you need to:

  1. Include use_empty_state() in your UI definition
  2. Define the content you want to display as an empty state (e.g. a message)
  3. Create an instance of the EmptyStateManager class where you define by the id which element of your app should be covered with the empty state content
  4. Use its show and hide methods to show or hide the empty state content depending on your custom logic (e.g. nrow(data_to_display) > 0)

ui <- fluidPage(
  actionButton("show", "Show empty state!"),
  actionButton("hide", "Hide empty state!"),

server <- function(input, output, session) {
  empty_state_content <- div(
    "This is  example empty state content"

  empty_state_manager <- EmptyStateManager$new(
    id = "my_table",
    html_content = empty_state_content

  observeEvent(input$show, {

  observeEvent(input$hide, {

  output$my_table <- reactable::renderReactable({

shinyApp(ui, server)

For more examples of empty state components, please see this demo.

How to contribute?

If you want to contribute to this project please submit a regular PR, once you’re done with new feature or bug fix.

Reporting a bug is also helpful - please use GitHub issues and describe your problem as detailed as possible.


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